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'Hansel & Gretel' Director Tommy Wirkola Returns To Norway To Make That 'Dead Snow' Sequel You Wanted

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 12, 2013 11:45 AM
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Tommy Wirkola’s debut Hollywood feature had a less than conventional route to theaters. Originally due in March 2012, Paramount failed to ever really get the marketing campaign for "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" going, which meant no one was all that surprised when in was pushed back to the January dumping ground of 2013. The studio then toyed with the idea of releasing a PG-13 cut, but eventually settled for an R-rating, and the picture beat out “Parker” to a spot at the top of the box office on an admittedly slow weekend. 'Hansel & Gretel' has actually already gone on to gross upwards of $125 million worldwide despite being pretty awful (or “unrelentingly stupid” as we said in our review) and having a few major territories still left to hit, so it’s probably the quality of the thing rather than its performance that has Wirkola retreating back to his native Norway.

Exclusive: John Hawkes Dreams Of Dancers In Deleted Scene From 'The Sessions'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2013 11:18 AM
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The journey for "The Sessions" is nearly over, but it has been one helluva ride. Premiering in January 2012 at the Sundance Film Festival, the film by writer/director Ben Lewin left Park City with considerable buzz, which Fox Searchlight continued to build over the course of the year, culminating in Golden Globe and Indie Spirit nominations for stars John Hawkes and Helen Hunt, and an Oscar nod for Hunt as well. The film tells the remarkable true story of Mark O'Brien, a man afflicted by polio and confined to an iron lung who endeavors to lose his virginity via the help of a sex surrogate. It's a fascinating and often surprisingly funny true story, but the original draft of the tale included some more fantastical elements.

Sony Turning 'Oliver Twist' Into A 'Sherlock Holmes' Movie Basically; Does Charles Dickens Need The Blockbuster Treatment?

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 12, 2013 10:36 AM
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One of the most prevalent trends in Hollywood over the past few years is the incessant need to alter classic works like "Alice In Wonderland” or fairy tales like “Snow White” and turn them into giant, ponderous blockbusters. We’ve already had the overblown take on a Grimm fairy tale with “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” and next month sees the release of the similarly overblown “Jack the Giant Killer.” Well, prepare for yourself for the blockbuster take on Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist.”

Campaigning To Be Remembered: Colleagues & Family Fight For Spots On The Oscars 'In Memoriam' Segment

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 12, 2013 10:18 AM
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Few aspects of the Oscars ceremony every year are so attentively watched as the “In Memoriam” segment, which pays a stripped-down tribute to the notable entertainment figures who passed away. It's an extensive list -- filled with well-known losses along with the more underplayed names -- but as it turns out, a placement on that list involves as much background campaigning as any of the ten Best Picture nominees.
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William Friedkin Says 'Sorcerer' Finally Getting Digital Transfer, But Won't Be On Criterion

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 12, 2013 10:01 AM
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2012 proved by turns an odd and triumphant year for director William Friedkin, who fashioned Matthew McConaughey's performance in the shockingly good “Killer Joe,” but also was forced into dealing with his troubled past, namely the 1977 suspense drama “Sorcerer.” Legal difficulties and lawsuits surrounding the film have plagued the past 12 months for the filmmaker, but now it appears Friedkin may finally gain some peace with his underseen gem.

Bryan Singer Trying To Figure Out If Storm & Nightcrawler Need To Return For 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 12, 2013 9:44 AM
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It’s almost hard to believe that the last "X-Men" film Bryan Singer directed came out almost ten years ago. While the franchise continued to live on in spite of his absence for a number of years, an influx of other, more successful superhero films were birthed in the process, making it more difficult for the "X-Men" franchise to stand out among the pack. But Singer came back on board as a producer for the hit 2011 prequel “X-Men: First Class” and now, as the director of the upcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” he hopes to continue to steer the franchise in the right direction, which means making some important decisions.

Helena Bonham Carter & Dominic West To Play Richard Burton & Elizabeth Taylor In 'Burton & Taylor'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2013 9:25 AM
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There are few movie stars of the classic era who continue to captivate -- perhaps for more salacious reasons -- than Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Their relationship was tabloid fodder at the time, and since then, people have continued to be fascinated by their on-screen pairings and their off-screen ups and downs, which included being married twice in less than two years. Last year, we saw what a cheapie version of this story looks like with the Lindsay Lohan and Grant Bowler-starring "Liz & Dick," and while we wait to see what Paramount does with the rights to Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger's book "Furious Love," across the pond the tale is being tackled.

Watch: Bradley Cooper, Jessica Chastain & Sally Field In 'Between Two Ferns' Oscar Special Part 2

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2013 8:56 AM
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While the Academy would never let Zach Galifianakis host the Oscars as the alter-ego from his talk show "Between Two Ferns," we'd be for it. Both clueless and insulting, and usually pretty damn funny, he's nicely taken some of the stuffing out the awards season campaign. In case you missed it, yesterday he sat down with nominees Jennifer Lawrence, Christoph Waltz, Naomi Watts, Amy Adams and Anne Hathaway in a segment both amusing and strange, and now part two has dropped.

'Nymphomaniac' Will Miss Cannes Film Festival Submission Deadline, Producer Says Film Is Lars Von Trier's "Masterpiece"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2013 8:05 AM
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With winter's chill still felt, the spring might seem far away, and while we will have our attention on the Berlin International Film Festival and SXSW in March, we're only a few months away from the Cannes Film Festival. Easily the most prestigious movie festival on the calendar, we'll soon start to see talk heat up about what films will -- and won't -- be making an appearance. And while Lars von Trier's hugely buzzed "Nymphomaniac" has been grabbing headlines in recent days as buyers swarm the movie in Berlin, it won't be headed to the Cannes for a premiere like many speculated. But not for the reason you're thinking of.

Magnolia Gets Into Bed With Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 11, 2013 8:43 PM
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The limited theatrical/VOD model is more and more gaining prominence as way to take on challenging or smaller scale films and have them find an audience where a regular multiplex release might see it get buried. We've seen "Margin Call" and "Arbitrage" become success stories, not only finding viewers, but also earning awards season buzz. And Magnolia have had success with the model too, and one only has to point to their efforts with Lars Von Trier's "Melancholia," which they managed to bring to over $3 million domestically. Not bad for a tough movie about the end of the world, and it was the best effort at the North American box office for the director since "Dancer In The Dark." And it looks like they'll be getting into bed with him again.

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